Friday, February 13, 2009

Journey of a Strong-Willed Child by Kendra Smiley


Two-year-old Aaron Smiley and his father are eyeball-to-eyeball, sitting on the stairs.

“Aaron, you will not win,” says his father. “I will be with you every step of the way and you will not win.”

Why did Aaron want to win and control his world?Because he was a strong-willed child.

When parents are raising a strong-willed child, they need to know that they don’t have to take the journey alone. In their updated book, Journey of a Strong-Willed Child, authors and speakers Kendra and John Smiley share the story of their second son’s development, offering advice and encouragement for parents blessed with a strong-willed child of their own. And in a particularly delightful twist, Aaron - now a responsible adult and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - adds his own comments to his parents’ wisdom.

“What is difficult for most people to understand is the motivation of a strong-willed child,” writes Aaron, reflecting on the scene on the stairs. “The strong-willed child may choose the stated punishment in order to be in control, especially if the child considers the punishment moderate.”

Is it possible that a child’s behavior can actually be predictable? That others have gone before and lived to tell about it? That a strong-willed child can one day mature into a contributing member of society? The answer to those questions, according to Kendra, John, and Aaron Smiley is a resounding “Yes!”

Journey of a Strong-Willed Child will arm parents with the encouragement and wisdom they need to meet the challenges of raising a strong-willed child. From pre-kindergarten to college, Journey of a Strong-Willed Child addresses each stage of a child’s development and offers proven advice, accompanied by a myriad of delightful anecdotes. Along the way, you’ll gain a new understanding of your child’s heart and a renewed sense of gratitude for the special person God created him to be. Engaging, insightful, and irresistible, it is a book that will touch your family for years to come.


Kendra Smiley is an author, speaker, and radio show host. She married John over 35 years ago and with him raised three sons.

A natural-born entrepreneur, Kendra kept the home fires burning, while growing a home-based business, serving as a youth leader in her church for over 20 years, and staying active in her community. Her work as a mother, entrepreneur, church and community leader did not go unnoticed. In 2001, she was chosen as the Illinois Mother of the Year.

She has written more than half a dozen books, spoken to thousands around the country (and abroad), founded and distributed a daily radio program — today heard on more than 40 stations. Kendra connects with people wherever she is — teaching individuals to make the next right choice.

Learn more about Kendra at

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If you'd like to win a copy of this book, leave a comment on this post and I'll draw a winner on Friday (the 20th).


Dapoppins said...


I might need this book.

Kendra Smiley said...

Thanks so much for taking the time to review this book. I will be stopping by again soon!
Blessings! Kendra Smiley, author of Journey of a Strong-Willed Child

Dapoppins said...

Really? I am just raising boys who are non-compliant. Does that mean they are strong willied?

I really get another great book from you?


that rocks!